Protecting Our Children
One of the greatest responsibilities adults ever face is the protection of children under their care. That is a duty that falls heavily upon those who minister in the name of the Church because children are entrusted to us in so many ways – in schools, in religious education, in Scouting, on field trips and in sports. Parents have a right to expect that their children are as safe as humanly possible in all of these situations. Archbishop Schnurr.
Because of the importance of this the Archdiocese instuted a new child protection program called VIRTUS in 2012. We are excited that this new program goes into more depth on how to both detect and prevent child abuse. To register for one of the upcoming classes log into VIRTUSonline.org or contact our local Safe Environment Coordinator: Christine Yankovsky , 831-3353
Once the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has received a positive criminal background check and confirmation that you have attended an orientation session for the Decree on Child Protection, the information will be provided to the location(s) you indicated on the form you completed for the criminal background check. No information will be provided to the location(s) until both processes are completed.
Decree on Child Protection
All people who intend to work or volunteer in any of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes, schools, or institutions, must also attend (or have already attended) an orientation session for the Decree on Child Protection before you are approved to work with children. A calendar showing the locations of these sessions is listed on the Archdiocesan website.
All people who intend to work or volunteer in any of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes, schools, or institutions must complete a background check by being fingerprinted. More information regarding fingerprinting is listed on the Archdiocesan website.
Archdiocese of Cincinnati Protecting our Children
When it comes to child protection parents are vital, and equipping parents to be vigilant and responsive is one of the best ways to ensure the well-being of children. To this end, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has published a new resource for parents: How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Guide for Parents and Guardians. The resource describes what parents can do to ensure the well-being of their children, including signs of unhealthy relationships with adults, types of abuse, frequently asked questions, helpful safety rules and contact information for every county in the Archdiocese, and is available here: